A few of you may remember this post from earlier in the year... Well although my intentions are good, not until this summer did I actually begin a real sewing project. I chose a plain cap-sleeved top from simple modern sewing, figuring that starting with something easy and small was the way to go. I am happy with the result—a perfect summer blouse. The fabric is organic cotton, handed down to me by my fashion designer cousin, and the style is cool and quite flattering. Despite the simplicity I still had some problems. The center pleat for example happened by accident, since I cut the front pattern the wrong way. The top is also about 2" too short for my taste. Next time I will add a little to the hem, easy enough.
I like the book this pattern is from. The instructions are clear, the pattern sheets are relatively easy to decipher, and the designs are simple but versatile. Just be aware that the sizes run small, like with most Japanese sewing books it is important to check the sizing charts to make sure things will fit. I have a list of other garments from the book I want to try, now that I have accomplished one successful project I am hoping the next one will be less intimidating.